Deputy Premier says unity, confidence key to overcome challenges

ADDIS ABABA- The unity and sense of triumph that have helped Ethiopians to overcome internal and external pressures must still be developed and strengthened, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen made a call.

The Deputy Premier made the above remark whilst gracing the Ministry of Revenues second- round staff and management recognition ceremony yesterday.

Demeke stated that to withstand the external pressures sustainably and build lasting peace in the country, the unity of Ethiopians and sense of victory that have transcended and helped citizens to overwhelm the external and internal challenges that the country faced previously. By overcoming internal and external pressures, and maintaining its sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity, Ethiopia is now working to ensure lasting peace and development, as well as to change the lives of its citizens.

Ethiopia is a country that has a history of embarrassing and defeating its enemies, as it will never compromise on its sovereignty, he added.

“There are complex pressures on Ethiopia in all directions, he noted, adding that the government and its citizens are ready to pay the price to curb the pressure and are climbing the ladder of victory together. The desire and goal of the Ethiopian government and its people is to defeat anti-peace forces, building national unity and protecting sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Now that the pressures on our country have not stopped, it is time to stay united and prepare for further victory. There are also attempts to perpetuate violence, as well as horrific and tragic atrocities by the anti-peace elements.”

The DP further called on the Ministry’s staff to work together to overcome the pressures against Ethiopia, rehabilitate and rebuild the war-affected citizens and areas. “Making the revenue collection activities efficient is another major front and the performance of employees of the Ministry and sector institutions is commendable. You are expected to discharge the responsibility to make sure the sector is the backbone of Ethiopia’s economy.”



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